High Notes, Vol 10 No 15, May 22 2009

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From the Principal

High Talent
A belated congratulations to Stephen Dong, Balraj Ougra, Merlin Li and Christopher Morrow who were selected to represent NSW in the Trans Tasman volleyball Tournament next month – a great effort! Congratulations to Khushaal Vyas of Year 8 who won the Regional Final of the Rostrum Voice of Youth competition and will represent High at the state final next month. A great result for our cadets at the 23 AAC Battalion Chief of Army’s challenge military skills qualifying competition held at Holsworthy last weekend. They were awarded first place among 10 community and school based units in the battalion. CUO Denis Stojanovic, Sgt Sam Binns and Cpl Michael Do led the team, comprising: Ben Lee, Alan Low, Tim Chew, Junhee Cho, Ken Li, Nicholas Ooi, Dominic Tran and Vincent Lee. Staff Sergeant Johan Santoso prepared the team. The cadets will represent their battalion at the state competition. Congratulations to the High Junior Athletics team, placing a creditable 6th at the AAGPS carnival held on Saturday last. Maurice Lam (2nd U-13 200m ), Ivor Metcalf (U-14 High Jump 1.7m and 3rd in 90m. hurdles), Lloyd Perris (2nd U-14 800 and 1500m), Michael Phung (U-15 3rd in 100m), Chris Morrow (U-16 high jump 1.9m), Jeremy Rajendram (U-17 long jump) and Kerrod McPherson (3rd in 100 Open metres) were stand outs at the meet. A special mention goes to Anton Brokman (U-13) who scored many points in multiple events after being ill all week. [With two wins and 4 seconds, High equalled the 1979 team’s performance.]

AAGPS Athletics Assembly
Our special guest at the Assembly was ‘living legend’ Aaron Hunt, who won the distance treble at the 1988 GPS carnival and the double in 1989. His 3000m record still stands. Aaron’s address is published hereafter. My address is reprinted below:

Special guest, Aaron Hunt (SHS 1989), athletes, coaches, parents, staff and students, welcome to our annual Athletics Assembly. This year we have built on our performances in athletics from a good platform from last year. The training opportunities have been broadened and participation rates are high. I am encouraged by the enculturation of logbook accountability for boys who are engaged in training at weights, sprints, long distance work outs and scheduled training sessions. The more widespread this practice becomes, the greater the level of base fitness our students will attain for all sports. I want to acknowledge and laud the work of Robert Devlin as MIC who has really developed the athletics profile at High over the last few years. Thank you to Richard Ayre, HT Sport, for contributing his hurdles expertise and athletics management to the program. Jason Tassell has developed and monitored athletes through our electronic roll marking capability. Thank you to staff members Steve Codey, Mark Gainford and Wayne Baldock for their efforts. Our coaches Davina Strauss, Rebecca Elliott and Edward Ovadia have helped deepen our fitness and lift our skills bases. Thank you to David and Katrina Morrow for their assistance with High Jump. Thank you as always to the carnival volunteers, the parents and Sean Creer, who helped out at our invitational carnival and who are assisting us on Saturday. The half day invitational carnivals have been well attended and all boys get a chance to compete at the Homebush stadium. We are very happy about the GPS decision to move the athletics season back to its traditional place in the calendar. More seniors are competing again and there is a preparation lead in time for rugby and football.

This morning I want to remind you all of the proud tradition High has in athletics. Thirty years ago High held its Athletics Carnival on Wednesday and Thursday, August 8 -9, 1979 at the Sydney Sports Ground. They did not have the advantage of synthetic tracks but ran on grass. The athlete of the meet was 14 Years Age champion, Alan Davies. He won the 100 in 12.5, the 200 in 25.6, the long jump (5.35), the triple jump (11.3), the shot put (13.07), the discus (36.18) and the javelin (39.31). He placed second in the 90 metres hurdles and the high jump. Alan qualified for the CHS state carnival in six events. He placed second in long jump at the GPS Carnival. At the school carnival, current celebrity Old Boy, John McGrath, won the 16 years 200 (25.5) and the 400 (56.5), the 110m hurdles (19.0) and was second in the 100. He was injured during a baton change at the GPS carnival and had to withdraw. He qualified for the CHS state carnival in the hurdles.

Another great performance came from Stewart Aikman. He won the Open 400 (57.7), the 800 (2.16) and the 1500 (4.24). He also ran second in the 3000m. to Ian Hopkins who went on to win the event at the GPS Carnival. The commitment of senior students at the time is demonstrated through the efforts of Peter Ulm. He won the 200 (24.9), the high jump, long jump and triple jump and was second in the 100 and 400. He just beat Aikman for Age Champion, due to his determination and resilience over six events. At the 1979 AAGPS Carnival, held over two days, Friday afternoon and Saturday, October 5-6, again at the Sydney Sports Ground, High had two wins and four seconds in championship events. I am trying to demonstrate three ideas through these examples. First, it has always been difficult to win at GPS level. In all the years before or since 1979, wins have been scarce. On the other hand, there is an established tradition that good athletes should attempt multiple events, not just at school carnivals but also at GPS level. Our athletes have really put in their all for the school on the day. Remarkable achievements like the great distance treble by Ben McKinley and the impressive double in 1990 by our special guest today, show what pride our students have shown in competing for their school. Second, the purpose of competitors being there is to score points for their school. If you can score points in an event, a championship event particularly, you should make the effort to do so. The day is about school against school. We need to beat TAS first, then Grammar, then Newington or Shore in the junior and / or senior point scores. That won’t happen if good athletes do not compete at all for their school or sit in the stands dreaming of their one big moment of glory when they could be out there adding to the school’s points tally. I applaud particularly those athletes who have shown great High Spirit and put their hands up for five, four or three events tomorrow. I commiserate with those who cannot compete because of injury. Finally, I want to stress the point that, uniquely at High, you have another chance at individual success. You are offered opportunities to test yourself at Combined High Schools Competition. We support specialisation for success through this pathway. If you want to concentrate on one event at CHS – fine - but the AAGPS carnival is High’s athletics showpiece day. Do it for the team. Congratulations to all team members who have put in the preparation, the seven weeks of training and the competition trials at carnivals. Well done to all the people who helped them get there. All that is required now is for High boys to make the effort to go out to Homebush to support our team tomorrow.
Dr K A Jaggar

Aaron Hunt's Address

Staff, Parents, Guests & Students

Good afternoon and thank you for inviting me to speak at 2009 Sydney High School GPS Athletics Assembly!

It is with great pleasure I am here today.

Sydney High has always been a fine academic institution and sport plays a major role in creating a balance, and channel for a boy’s development.

The knowledge acquired through competition both as an individual, and part of a team, are handy skills to possess.

The joy of winning – the pain of defeat – the pride in being part of a winning ream – the wanting of the return match to square things up – are all emotions you learn to manage through sport, and will recall later in life!

Indeed doors open through sport in later life – at business meetings or proposals or even job interviews you encounter GPS & CAS Old Boys and the conversation invariably turns to sport – and the questions “What sport did you play?”

And the reply – “yeah, I rowed” or “played basketball” or “cricket….”

It is your extra school/study participation – that opens doors – and can create opportunities!

Honestly, I have never bumped into a GPS or CAS Old Boy at a meeting or seminar or at a hotel or game somewhere who’s asked me if I STUDIED Geography….?

Taking nothing away from the importance of study and learning – the conversation is usually about sport!

It is said – Perception is Reality.

Unfortunately the perception in the Old Boys community is that Sydney High has lost its sports credibility in recent times….

I disagree!

If I can, I want to read my Athletics Captains Report from 1989…

“There seem to me to be three main reasons for our relatively poor performance at GPS level:

1. We are intimidated by the other members of the AAGPS 2. A number of good athletes are reluctant to commit themselves to competing on Saturdays 3. We lack rigorous training”

Walking the corridors as a student for 6 years, I never saw any additions to the GPS Champions Honour Roll upstairs on the landing.

NOW – I see in the last 20 years since I left, we have been GPS Premiers in: Soccer Cricket Basketball Rifle Shooting Tennis NSW CHS 15 yrs Basketball Champions 2008 I believe…

And I’m happy to say – I noticed we won the GPS cross country running in 1996!

I can assure all the boys here – not just the Athletics Team – but every boy in the Great Hall – The GPS Honour Roll – the so-called hall of fame or gallery of honoured students and Old Boys – YOU WANT TO GET AMONGST THAT!

If you ever want motivation before a big competition or exam – go there – soak it up – want to be part of it – hopefully it won’t just provide inspiration, but motivation as well!

I congratulate you boys for being selected to represent High at the GPS Athletics Championships – and as an Old Boy and sportsman it makes me proud to see the Honour Roll and Gallery today.

I challenge you – you boys here today – to be the best you can be….

To be GPS premiers – if not in 2009 – then to the junior boys to triumph in the coming years.

To the 2009 GPS Athletics team, I wish you God Speed and good luck! Thank you.

Aaron Hunt

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From the Canteen Team

Placing a lunch order each morning before school from 8.30am to 9.00am assures you get your favourite for lunch. When placing your lunch orders watch out for our daily specials such as Hokkien noodles with beef and black bean sauce ($4.50), Hot beef and onion rolls with gravy ($3.80), Chicken sweet corn soup ($2.50), all homemade, available during the cooler months.

Our volunteers and staff would like to convey their appreciation to the many, many boys who continue to be courteous to us when we serve you each day. It lightens the day for all of us but particularly for the volunteers who are not paid to work in the canteen so we can raise valuable funds for the school for the benefit of all students.
The Canteen Team

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SHS Cadet Unit

Congratulations to our Chief of Army’s Challenge team on taking out the 23rd AAC Battalion stage of the Chief of Army’s Challenge last weekend. Competing in the military skills tests against the ten units of the battalion the team had clear wins in three of the six skills areas and scored well in the remainder to come out in first place.

Our team :
Cadet Under Officer Denis Stojanovic
Sergeant Sam Binns
Corporal Michael Do
Lance Corporal Ben Lee
Lance Corporal Alan Low
Cadet Tim Chew
Cadet Junhee Cho
Cadet Ken Li
Cadet Nicholas Ooi
Cadet Dominic Tran
Cadet Vincent Ye

Staff Sergeant Johan Santoso worked hard in preparing the team.

A handsome trophy was awarded and can be seen in the trophy case in the foyer.

The team will compete again in October for the right to represent the state in the National Challenge.

The unit had its first service rifle live fire shoot for the year at the Holsworthy Range Complex last Saturday. Steyr shoots are always popular with cadets and Saturday’s shoot was no exception.

Our annual camp this year will be held in October at Vere in the Singleton Army Training Area. The camp will be battalion based and planning for a full week’s activities is underway.

The unit has two part time vacancies for Army Cadet Staff. Defence has established a new category of Unit Assistant, allowing for the appointment of suitable adults. The positions are uniformed and pay is available for up to 48 days per year. While previous military experience is desirable, it is not essential as training will be provided and any mother or father, old boy or interested adult is welcome to apply. Federal Police background checking and NSW “Working with Children” clearances are required. Attendance timings are flexible, the work interesting and enjoyable. The OC, Major Richard Knowles, is keen to hear from anyone interested and may be contacted on 0409 304 611 / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Join the team and help make a positive difference in our boys’ lives.
Richard Knowles
Major AAC OC
SHSCU 0409 304 611

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Boggabilla Exchange

June 22 to June 25 the students from Boggabilla Central School will be coming to Sydney Boys High on their annual exchange. The proposed itinerary is attached and once again we are after families to take billets. If you are able to take billets for 2 nights on Tuesday June 23 and Wednesday June 23 please contact Mr Barris in the History Faculty ext 126.

Leave 6.30ish
Brekky at Maccas in Moree
Lunch at Scone
Arrive at Boathouse 6pm
SBHS do dinner

Pack up bus
Ferry ride to Milsons Point
Walk over Harbour Bridge
Walk to Rocks Museum
Walk to Sydney Opera House
Lunch at SBHS
Basketball, Volleyball, Go surfing at Maroubra
Go home with Billets 3pm

9am meet at school
9.30am NSW Uni, Specimens presentation
10.30 am Volleyball with Shalom house
12pm lunch at Shalom House
Wests Tigers Training Session
5pm Dinner with SBHS-Pizza
Train to State of Origin
Go home with Billets

9am meet at school
10.30am BBQ and leave by 11am

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P&C: High Society

The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea Thursday 28 May
All parents are invited to join the staff next Thursday 28th May at 10.30 am, to participate in “Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea”. This event is in its 16th year and is one of the Australian Cancer Council’s most important fundraising events. This year’s national fundraising goal is $11 million. Funds raised go towards Cancer Council research, prevention, education and support.

Come and mingle with the staff in the Staff Common room or the Quadrangle (weather dependent) from 10.30am. Please bring a plate of morning tea to share and a donation for the Cancer Council. If you can't make it, you can donate online at www.biggestmorningtea.com.au and search under 'NSW' for our morning tea name, which is '(Sydney Boys) High Tea.'

Upcoming Parent Meetings & Events (details in High Notes)

  • Rugby Committee – 6pm, Wednesday 27th May, Room 901
  • Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea – Thursday 28thMay, Staff Common Room
  • Debating Supporters’ Group – 6.30pm Tuesday 2nd June, Staff Common Room oom

If you would like to have any parent community news or upcoming events included in High Society, please contact Julie Connolly, P&C President, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   0418 470 203.

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Music Notices

Marching Band
The Marching Band performed at the Sydney Cricket Ground last Sunday for the Wests Tigers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs Heritage game. Despite the very windy weather the Marching Band performed outstandingly led by our Drum Major Johan Santoso (Yr 12). The band was featured on television and a copy of their performance will be made available in the coming weeks by the organisers. Congratulations and thank you to the students who represented HIGH with such pride and enthusiasm in this busy exam period.

Music Camp
Our Annual Music Camp will be held at Galston Gorge Conference Centre this term from Tuesday-Thursday 2nd to 4th of June (Week 5). Students will depart from school at 8am on Tuesday morning and return on Thursday at approximately 3pm for a BBQ dinner with a Camp Concert starting at 6pm.

All students in the Performance Music Program are expected to attend (including Year 7 students who began learning an instrument this year). If you have NOT made payment arrangements and returned notes to the school’s main office, please see the Music Staff ASAP.

Music Tour Meeting
The Music Tour meeting held last Tuesday evening was a great success with a slide show presentation of pictures taken by Ms Gilmore and Ms Miller on their recent trip to France in preparation for next year’s music tour. A report was given to parents and students outlining the concert venues, accommodation and activities in Paris, Flanders and the Somme. The meeting continued with parents discussing fundraising activities for the tour. The next instalment of $1500 is due on the 30th June 2009, please make payments directly to Angas Travel and they will provide us with receipt of payments on the 2nd of July 2009.

Education Expo Week
The HSC Elective Music students will be performing at Westfield Eastgardens (ground floor near Myers) next Tuesday 26th May from 12:15-12:45pm and 1:30-2:00pm as part of Education Week. This is a wonderful opportunity for the students in preparation for their HSC practical examinations later in the year. Please come along to support them if you are available and hear them perform their HSC music repertoire.

Music Parking
Thank you to all the parents and students who enthusiastically helped out with the Music Parking last Saturday afternoon and a special thank you to Debbie Dukes who organised help on such short notice. Your support is very much appreciated with funds raised going towards supporting the students in the Music Performance Program.

Cabaret Night
Our Annual Cabaret Night will be held on Saturday the 27th of June 2009 this term with the all day Jazz workshop on Friday the 26th of June for all members of the Stage Band. This will be an entertaining evening All members of Stage Band, Senior Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra will be involved on Cabaret Night.

ANZAC Day - Photos
We are looking for photos of the Marching Band to use as promotional for our Music Tour to France, if you are able to help us please contact the Music Department at school on 9361-6910 (Ext. 109) or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Piano For Sale
2003 Boston (Steinway 178 model) for sale in very good condition, $22,000 (ono). RRP for second hand is $25,000. Please see the Music Staff if you are interested or contact 0416 740 813.

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SBHS Debating

FED Final Series
The Finals for FED are upon us with two series of semi finals and a Grand Final. The dates are as follows:

Friday 22nd May – Coaching Only
Friday 29th May – Coaching and FED Semi Final 1
Friday 5th June – Coaching Only
Friday 12th June – Coaching and FED Semi Final 2
Friday 19th June – Coaching and FED Grand Final

The Grand Final will be held at SBHS so I look forward to a huge crowd of supporters for all of our teams!

GPS Debating Competition 2009
GPS Selection debates will be held over the next two or so weeks. From there a squad of 8-16 boys will be selected to form the teams for each Year level. The draw for GPS is as follows:

31 July St Joseph’s College v SBHS
7 August Saint Ignatius' College v SBHS
14 August SBHS v The King’s School
21 August The Scots College v SBHS
28 August Newington v SBHS
4 Sept SBHS v Grammar
11 Sept SBHS v Shore

Debates shown in bold will be at home.

A Reminder for Boys in Selection Debates
You performance in a selection debate will have a strong influence on whether or not you will make the final squad. Try not to be nervous! Remember your coach(es) only want you to perform at your best and having a confident and relaxed manner will demonstrate that you can be cool under pressure that GPS debating will bring.
Performing the speaker roles to your position is key to becoming a reliable squad member, even if you are not speaking in your preferred position. The topics for debate are not designed to trick or intimidate you so focus on incorporating your matter with the analysis that supports your team’s case.
Having a solid case structure demonstrates that you are an adaptable and versatile speaker. Be comprehensive in your points of rebuttal. Explain why you think the point of your opposition needs to be rebutted. Is it a failure or logic, application or analysis? Is it inaccurate or a poor argument for the debate? Finally remember to link back to the superiority of your own case.
Finally, your behaviour and attitude play a key role so definitely make the most of coaching!

More information can be found at www.sydneyhigh.org/debating and will be emailed to you on a weekly basis.

Please CHECK YOUR EMAIL regularly and ensure we have current contact details for both students and parents.

PARENTS: If you are not receiving weekly emails about debating please email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and ask to be added to the parent group for your child’s year.

Dana Quick
Debating Coordinator

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AAGPS Athletics Championships

On Saturday the 16th of May, our athletics team competed at the 114th Annual Combined Athletics Championships at Sydney Olympic Park. Despite the windy conditions, an impressively large number of High supporters, from students to parents to teachers, were present throughout the day, filling the bay in the stadium we had been given this year. Seven weeks of hard training had led to great improvements among our athletes during the season, and after a week of lighter training, we were fresh and well-prepared to help the school to defeat our rival GPS schools.

Like last year, we achieved two individual victories – a great result. Christopher Morrow easily defended his high jump win from last year, jumping 1.9m in the 16s – 14cm higher than his closest competitor. Ivor Metcalf also found success while jumping, clearing 1.7m to take out the 14s high jump, before achieving 3rd place in the 90m hurdles.

Our runners in the 13s age group performed exceptionally. Anton Brokman showed remarkable endurance in competing in the 400m, 800m, 1500m, 90m hurdles and shot put, picking up valuable points with three 5th places and a 4th. Maurice Lam also ran well, placing 3rd in the 200m, and 4th in the 100m. Another impressive performer in this age group was Eugene Lee, who took 4th in the long jump. To cap off the success of this age group, Hayden Lam finished 3rd in the 100m division, and Dominic Mah 2nd in the 90m hurdles division.

Mention must also go to Michael Phung, who placed 3rd in the 100m (12.19) and 3rd in the long jump (5.58m). High’s success in the high jump continued in the 15s, when Harry Heo jumped 1.68m for 3rd. Brian Kelly in the 16s had a memorable day, with three 4th places, in the 100m (11.81), 200m (24.00) and long jump (5.73m). Now with the label of High’s fastest runner after Joshua Tassell of Year 12 unfortunately got injured, Kerrod McPherson ran superbly to finish 3rd in the Opens 100m (11.44) and 4th in the 200m (23.39). Jeremy Rajendram was also a stand out, jumping 6.1m in the 17s long jump for 2nd place. Sydney High’s 4x100m relay teams overall put in a great performance, with 4th places in the 13s, 14s and Opens.

High’s middle and long distance runners also performed admirably. In the 14s, Lloyd Perris amazed everyone in the stadium with his devastating kick, coming from behind to achieve two 2nd places in the 800m and 1500m. In the 16s 1500m, Samuel Lane of Year 10 finished 4th with a great time of 4:22.2 after competing in the 800m. Not to be outdone, his older brother Harrison ran his fourth and last Opens 3000m, running a personal best time of 9:18.9 to take 4th place, before running bravely from the front of the pack in the Opens 1500m, again finishing 4th. And finally, Adam Booth of Year 9 showed great promise in the Opens 3000m, and is sure to improve on his solid effort in the coming years.

With so many outstanding performances in all ages, we keenly awaited the announcement of the results for the junior and senior teams. A 6th place in the junior division equalled our position last year, as did our 8th in the senior division. That a slight sense of disappointment among our athletes accompanied these results shows how far our athletics program has come over the last few years. In the junior division we finished only 12.5 points behind Grammar, while in the senior division only 7 points separated us. Nevertheless it was a superb effort by our athletes, maintaining our success from last year in the junior division and extending it to the senior division, where we improved our points score by almost 14%. If not for a few key injuries and absences, we may well have been celebrating a 5th place for the juniors, and a 7th place for the seniors, something that has never seemed possible during my time at this school. This vast improvement is a testament to the tireless effort put in by the coaches, teachers and volunteers, and most of all, the dedication of all the athletes.
Jeremy Ireland
Athletics Captain 2009

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Australia's Biggest Morning Tea

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is one of the Cancer Council’s leading fundraising events and the largest, most successful event of its kind in Australia. Over $60 million has been raised since it first began in 1994.

Thursday 28 May @ 10.30 am

Funds raised during Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea go towards Cancer Council research, prevention, education and support. Teachers, Parents and Friends are all invited.

Bring a plate of food, a cup and your generous support to our fundraising event to be held in the courtyard(weather permitting) at 10.30 am.

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